FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Building New Traditions

with Ron Deal | April 5, 2024
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When it comes to traditions, you need something old and something new.

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  • Ron Deal

    Ron L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series of books including the bestselling Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart (with Dr. Gary Chapman), The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, and Preparing to Blend. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist, popular conference speaker, and host of the FamilyLife Blended podcast. He and his wife, Nan, have three sons and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more at

When it comes to traditions, you need something old and something new.

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Building New Traditions

With Ron Deal
April 05, 2024
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Ron: When it comes to traditions, you need something old and something new.

Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.

Ron: Every newly married couple knows that they need to honor some of the traditions that they grew up with and at the same time build new traditions for their new marriage and family. Stepfamilies have the same task, but it’s a little more complicated because you have a lot more people invested in the old traditions.

Here’s a tip. Decide on a new tradition, try it, and see what happens. Yes, I’m serious. If it doesn’t go well, well you’ve learned something and next time you will be more informed. If it does go well, you’ve gained a new tradition and everyone contributed to the process. Hey, that sounds like a family being born. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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